EIU triple jumpers sweep OVC track weekly awards
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (EIU) – A pair of Eastern Illinois triple jumpers won the men’s and women’s events last week at the Western Kentucky Hilltopper Relays. On Tuesday Chrisford Stevens and Brion Portis were named the Ohio Valley Conference Field Athletes of the Week. EIU track and field returns to action this Saturday at the Illinois Twilight.
Stevens won the men’s triple jump as he broke the 50’ mark becoming just the seventh Panther in school history to hit that milestone. Stevens jump was 50’7.50” which ranks sixth on the EIU career list. He was the first EIU athlete to break the 50’ mark since the 2007 season. He is currently ranked second in the OVC in the triple jump and 30th in the NCAA.
Portis continued her strong outdoor season as she won the triple jump for the third straight week. The redshirt senior tied the EIU school record with her winning jump of 41’9.75”. She became just the third Panthers athlete to break the 41’ mark for their career. Portis currently has the best jump in the OVC and ranks 25th in the NCAA this season. In addition to her win in the triple jump, Portis placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 18’6.50”.
Stevens and Portis join Ryan Pearce as EIU athletes that have won OVC Athlete of the Week Awards during the current outdoor season.
EIU baseball falls to SIU
CARBONDALE — Eastern Illinois led Southern Illinois twice early on in Tuesday's non-conference game, but the Panthers fell to SIU 5-3.
EIU grabbed a 1-0 lead after Dougie Parks solo home run in the second inning, but SIU's Alex Lyon hit an RBI single to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning.
In the fourth, Hunter Morris doubled in Parks for a 2-1 lead, but SIU took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run single to go up 3-2. SIU added a run in the fifth on a wild pitch for a 4-2 lead.
EIU added a run on Josh Turnock's RBI to make it 4-3, but the Panthers didn't score again and SIU went on to win 5-3.
Blake Malatestinic went 5 1/3 innings in the loss and gave up five runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two.